Wonderful reading by Karen White. Great intonation and believability as a first person reader.
The story itself was an intimate retelling of life on the farm. The urban farm. The city-dweller's forty by sixty chain link fence crop container. A realistic acknowledgement of the work, idiosyncrasies and lunacy of trying to eat off the land amidst the culture of the city.
I loved this memoir if it could be called such a work.
I loved this book! While I will never be either an urban or rural farmer, I grew up in a household that raised meat animals and grew virtually all the produce needed for the year and I think more people who want to do so, should have the freedom to. And it fascinates me to hear how it can be made to work - and work well - in surroundings that don't appear conducive to doing so!
I really liked this book. It really makes me stop and think about all the things we take for granted and waste.
When you choose a book like this you expect to read something that's a little more educational than entertaining. In other words, informative but not as liesurely a read as maybe a Stephanie Plum novel. However, this one surprised me. It WAS educational in some ways, and definitely autobiographical, but it was also quite entertaining. I was very pleased by this book, and by the end of it I wished I had a neighbor with a secret restaurant in her basement and a pair of turkeys in my back yard. I would almost consider this story to be the Eat-Pray-Love of urban farming except Novella Carpenter's final revelation doesn't have quite the umph of Elizabeth Gilbert's. Still, the story has a similar feel and was worth my time & credits. I would recommend it to others (in fact, I am) most certainly.
This lady is so strong willed, ready to take on anything for her tiny farm, and does a great job. I really enjoyed her animal antics, her with the pigs. and just funny ways of talking on and solving PROBLEMS that came up with her animals . I listened to it two times and will listen to it again, it is very refreshing.
Her attitude about the people in her neighborhood.the way she loves her animals and the attitude when an animal has to be taken for food shows a great attitude and the follow through herself is statement to her character, I have a small farm and I totally understood her feelings
Karen is anawesome she was my favorite, but hubby went along easy to whatever she whants
Yes, I did that. watng for more books from every year the adventure continues
Can be listen to many times , it's fun.
Although not someone I would normally choose to listen to, the story of Novella in Oakland, what animals she went though had me at times in tears of laughter and I learnt a great deal from her story! Before this story, I had considered keeping a Pig but no-way now! Bees are still a possibility.
Karen's Oratory was superbly on target, it just had an air of authenticity that I've only ever heard from Bill Wallis, really made the trials and successes a joy to listen to!
One of the best of this genre of audio books I have heard.
can listen better than can read these days
the bee keeping parts
the bee keeping parts
enjoyable . educational
The humor and joy mixed with the grit.
She gives a real feel of being in the story.
There may be "no there, there" but They're There and living the dream (my dream, anyway)
Might there be a "further adventures" coming out?
I liked the way the story was based in a city that I had lived in and was from a subculture in America that I am part of. Although I know alot of folks similar to the author and thought the book might be cliche or not so new to me, I ended up enjoying her stories alot and was inspired by the "anarchist" ways she went about farming in the city. I am inspired to raise rabbits (but not pigs) now - in my small urban plot. The only thing I didn't like was that the ending was vague and abrupt.
The book summary was a much better read than the actual story. The book started off with promise. Novella's setting up the garden and bee hive and the obstacles she faced. It started falling flat quickly.However, I found Novella to be the book's most unlikable character. That's pretty bad when the book has pigs in it.Novella had a total lack of concern for her neighbors, from the feces and rotting food smells. A lack of concern for her animals. Dog packs killing the geese. The pigs roaming the streets.This book dwells on dumpster diving and living in the ghetto. This book makes the author out to be someone trying way to hard to be a cool 21st century hippie.
No, this book stinks as bad as Novella's breath. Nor would I want her living in my neighborhood.
Karen White's performance was the only redeeming aspect of this audio book. Had it been read by the author or someone else, I may just deleted the book and accepted my loss. I have browsed several other books by Karen White that I have added to my wish list.
I thought this book was a waste my money and my time.
Save your money and your credits.